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DW: How much were media outlets in Botswana hit by the corona-crisis?

Ntibinyane Ntibinyane: If technology was a major disrupter for news outlets, then COVID-19 has been a sweeping tsunami on African economies and the news media. Before the outbreak of COVID-19, newspapers in Africa, including my home country of Botswana, were struggling to survive due to the rise of the internet and the challenging economic environment. 

The traditional business model for newspapers underpinned by advertising and circulation was on a free fall. The virus has now forced unprepared media organizations to…

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